"MY NEXT STOP: EXPLORING THE BOTTOM OF THE OCEAN"

Actor and explorer Brian Blessed, 84, on why challenging himself with the most audacious adventures means he will never feel old

Brian Blessed

I train every day – I do two hours of weights in the garden and walk for miles with my dogs. I feel just the same now as I did when I was 20.

And I train not out of vanity, but because there’s still a hell of a lot I want to do!

"I WON’T BE RESTRICTED BY MY AGE – I GO FOR MY DREAMS"

In my 70th year, I did some space training in Moscow as part of the Martian programme, pointing the way to Mars. I flew to Resolute in Canada and from there went on to reach the magnetic North Pole – the oldest person to ever do so – and I’ve been on Everest three times.

The next big one I would love to do is to go deep-sea diving and explore the bottom of the ocean, the Mariana Trench. And, because I’ve done some space training, I’d love to go to the Moon and Mars.

I won’t be restricted by my age – I go for my dreams: everyone should. We have to re-evaluate how valuable people over 60 are – I know so much more.

I’m tired of seeing older people being patronised. Their knowledge is phenomenal. We should bring older people into sports to give advice on football and boxing – they’ve played them all their lives.

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